Dear Data resources
- Big Bang Data (3:18)
- Giorgia Lupi & Stefanie Posavec – Dear Data: A friendship in data, drawing and postcards (23:10)
- How we can find ourselves in data: (11:13) Georgia Lupi: some commentary on the Dear Data project along with some more general commentary on contemporary uses of data
- Dear Data Two presentation (1:05:37), by Jeffrey Shaffer and Andy Kriebel: it’s an hour, and they focus on using Tableau and other apps for self-tracking
- Dear Data Two, by Jeffrey Shaffer and Andy Kriebel
- We asked you to visualize your podcast listening and wow did you deliver, by FiveThirtyEight, a project inspired by Dear Data
- Quantified Self
- “William James on attention, multitasking, and the habit of mind that sets geniuses apart,” by Maria Popova
- “Understanding data – context,” by Nathan Yau
- Gary Wolf, “The Data-Driven Life” (2010) (and his TED talk on Quantified Self)
- Melanie Swan, The Quantified Self (2013)
apps and software to help you collect (and visualize) personal data
- How to track a life: Ultimate guide of tools, apps, and techniques for self-tracking, by Mark Koester
- Nomie: general life/mood tracker
- Todoist: track tasks
- Rescue Time: track your internet activity (the free version is RescueTime Lite)
- Lightbeam add-on for Firefox that shows third-party sites that track your online activities
- HabitBull: track habits
- Habitica: gamifies habit tracking
personal infographic examples
- personal infographic projects done by students in previous classes
- Feltron.com, and check out this video on Felton–“A Life in Data”–by the New York Times, and this one–“Life as Annual Report”–in Slate magazine, and this longer presentation–A Man of Few Words, but many numbers–from the 2012 EyeO Festival
- 20 Amazing Personal Infographics, by Inspired Magazine
- From Paint to Pixels: How Data Became a New Medium
Public Service Announcement resources
- “A History of PSAs,” by Bill Goodwill (see also PSA Research Center)
- Public Service Announcement, on Wikipedia
- GIMP for PC and GIMP for Mac OSX free, open-source, desktop photo editing program; download GIMP and put it in your Applications folder. You might have to go into your Security settings to open GIMP.
- Affinity: costs $49.99; available for both Windows and Mac.
- Pixlr: free online photo editing program; open Pixlr Editor.
brushes (and shapes and patterns, and other design goodies)
- MyPhotoshopBrushes.com: links to free brushes, patterns, shapes, and gradients, along with tutorials on how to create these yourself
- Brusheezy.com: brushes, patterns, textures, and other goodies
- 60 best free Photoshop brushes, from Creative Bloq
- For GIMP users: How to install and use Photoshop brushes in GIMP
- What you can do with the fabulous Photoshop skills you’ll acquire, or aspire to be James Fridman
Text Visualization resources
the look of text
- Textify.it : create an image made of text (or other elements). Be sure to upload a large image.
- Tagxedo: create image-based word clouds out of text that you upload. Tagxedo uses Silverlight, doesn’t work on Chrome, and may not work on other browsers either. But it’s worth trying.
- HemingwayApp: click on Write to add your own text. The app provides a Readability grade, word count, and colorized commentary and advice on sentence length and other issues.
- The Writer’s Diet (thanks, Daniel Liddle)
parts of speech
- Parts-of-speech.info is a very easy, colorful parts-of-speech visualizer, one or several sentences at a time.
- Stanford log-linear part-of-speech tagger is a more complex command-line app.
- Word tree, created by Jason Davies, allows you to enter text and create word trees with different root words.
- Tone Analyzer: text that you upload is tagged and colorized for seven “tones”. Developed by IBM, the code is available on Github and there’s a very detailed tutorial for installing and configuring Tone Analyzer.
- Daniel Soper’s super simple Free Sentiment Analyzer gives a -100 to 100 negative/positive rating to text that you upload.
- The Natural Language Processing group at Stanford developed a Sentiment Analysis app
- Visual Thesaurus provides a network diagram for words with related meanings.
- Docuburst draws on the WordNet lexical database to visualize the content of a document around root words. There’s a live demo where you can upload text and select root words for the visualization.
collections of text visualization tools
- Databasic.io is a very easy set of tools and resources to analyze and visualize data of various types.
- Google Cloud Natural Language: upload text and analyze it for entity extraction, sentiment analysis, syntax (sentence diagramming, parts of speech), and content category.
last but not least, and actually probably most…
Voyant, developed by DH scholars Stefan Sinclair and Geoffrey Rockwell, lets you upload individual documents or collections of documents, and analyze/visualize them in a variety of ways. The tools here are especially good for comparisons across documents. There’s also an extremely helpful guide to using Voyant.
- Project Gutenberg, Top 100 E-Books (click on the book and then on Plain Text UTF-8)
- State of the Union Addresses: an excellent database compiled by UCSB professors John Wooley and Gerhard Peters, contains links to inaugural addresses, state of the union addresses, and a host of other presidential communications
- Music Lyrics Database
Other resources that we might use in class
general information visualization examples
- Map of the Market
- The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook
- visualize your Facebook friend network
- 21 charts that explain how the US is changing
- Aaron Koblin’s fabulous Johnny Cash Project
from the fabulous New York Times Interactive department
- How water cuts could affect every community in California
- Where we came from and were we went, state by state
- Mapping the Human Diseasome
- How Different Groups Spend Their Day
- Inaugural Words
- and more, by searching the NY Times site for interactive, multimedia
- and look at these resources related to new media and journalism (compiled by Nancy Hubbard)
personal & general infovis collections
more info on infographics
- Seeing Data
- Hans Rosling’s talk about social data and Gapminder
- The Quick and Dirty on Data Visualization, by Nancy Duarte
- Show Don’t Tell, SlideDoc
- The United States of Metrics (5/18/14)
- The World Bank DataBank
- Lena Groeger at ProPublica
- Statista and Statistic Brain: lots of charts, graphs, excel files on all manner of topics, drawn from various resources; for free, it seems
- Data.gov: repository for the US government’s open data
- Google public data
- Pew Research Center downloadable datasets
- Amazon Web Services public datasets
- UCI’s Center for Machine Learning has datasets on lots of different topics (thanks, Graham)
stock & copyright-friendly images
- Creative Commons Search
- Metropolitan Museum of Art collection of 400,000 high resolution images, free to download and use
- iStock Photo
- Corbis Images
- Wallbase: wallpapers, which tend to be high resolution; copyright info available for each image
- Google Material Icons: 750 free icons for use in infographics; preview here, download here
- or do a Google search for “free vector graphics”
- Remove to improve (cleaning up a graphic)
- Clean Up Your Mess: A Guide to Visual Design for Everyone
- 35 books every designer should read, by Fast Company
- color: “Color Theory 101″ by James George
- Paletton: great tool to see color combinations for website design; check out the “color blind” option to see how different color combos look to people with various kinds of color blindness
- Adobe Color CC: by Adobe, you can explore and create color themes/palettes and easily import them into Illustrator
- 4 Tools to Pick Your Chart Colors
- Grammar Girl: on Semicolons; on Colons; on Dashes, Parentheses, and Commas; on Dashes, Colons, and Commas
- How to use a semicolon: The most feared punctuation on earth, from The Oatmeal
- Style Academy: video tutorials and exercises on different aspects of writing style, with a focus on sentence combining and sentence imitation
- 20 Most Common Errors, from The Everyday Writer, published by Bedford St. Martins
- Grammar Slam, by WWE wrestler CM Punk
- The Paramedic Method, developed by Richard Lanham
- Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it, by Farhad Manjoo at Slate
- Practical Typography by Matthew Butterick
- The 10 Commandments of Typography
- KernType: a kerning game where you can compare your kerns to a typographer’s solution
- I Shot the Serif: test your knowledge of serif and sans-serif fonts
- Type Connection: “a typographic dating game”
- The Power of Typography, TED Talk by Mia Cinelli
- Type Tasting, by Sarah Hyndman